Sublime Sunday Reading – What’s Up with Team Blue in Tennessee for the Week of May 12 – May 19, 2024 #GuideDogs, #Interview, #Nature, #Pottery, #Photos

Sublime Sunday Reading – What’s Up with Team Blue in Tennessee for the Week of May 12 – May 19, 2024 #GuideDogs, #Interview, #Nature, #Pottery, #Photos

Hi, I hope all are well.

Here, the weather continues with a chance of rain, clouds hanging about with a tiny bit of sun tossed in for good measure.

First, for those who are just meeting me, here’s a brief bio.

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

Patty has written and published several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has been featured in several anthologies and created and published The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine.

See and buy her work here.

Now onto something important which happened a couple of weeks ago.

Welcome to the debut of the Patty’s Worlds Podcast formally known as Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing.

Kicking off things, I’m pleased and privileged to present Senior instructor at The Seeing Eye® Chris Mattoon.

Chris Mattoon has worked at The Seeing Eye® from January 5, 1998, to the present day.

Chris’s current duties have him providing services across the USA and at times into Canada.

During the COVID pandemic, as soon as restrictions were lifted enough to do so, Chris hit the road and went as far as he could by car to see that The Seeing Eye®

S services for graduates, and applicants continued.

Settle in with your favorite snack and brew and let’s visit with Chris and hear his story.

My special thanks to Chris for granting me this impromptu interview and to the manager of instruction and training Jim Kessler for giving me his on-the-spot permission so I could bring Chris’s impressive story to you.

And now, here’s the show.

That makes me proud.

Thanks again Chris. You made me appear to know what I’m doing.

Not only did Chris give me a smashing good interview, but he also assisted me with the fixed bus route to and from my house.

He validated what I’ve said from the beginning with Blue, which is, “Blue is uncomfortable with the ramps and with riding too long.”

He does not like drivers driving as if they’re driving a compact car, and he doesn’t like it when they take twists and turns as if they’re driving for the Bristol Motor Speedway, swinging riders, two-legged and four-legged around. Come to think of it, I don’t like it either.

Before I forget, the door-to-door dial a ride 65 tickets are now on sale half-price and will be so until the end of May.

Visit here for more.

In the meantime, I plan to use the fixed routes starting soon.

My goal is to ride one way on the bus and one way on the door-to-door service.

I’m hopeful the more he gets to go to places he enjoys on the fixed route bus Blue will become more at ease.

As for the drivers who really need to learn how to drive a large vehicle, I’m hopeful KATS will listen to passengers. I understand I’m not the only one to complain.

My pottery is going well. Keep reading Below for more photos.

First, a little story.

Some have asked me if I’m challenged when working in pottery. My answer is yes, but I don’t think it will be what you think.

I’m getting great at Pinch Pot Art, which is when one takes a piece of clay, makes it into a ball, and using a pinching motion with your thumb and fingers, on the in and outside of the piece, going around and around until you have formed a cup, bowl, or little pot. These are great for trinkets, earrings, or keys.

I’ve a good concept for making slab art using forms or molds to shape pieces of clay, some textured into shapes, such as rectangle trays, butter Dishes, and even a scrubby or soap dish for the back of the sink.

I am learning how to glaze and though I must have a spot checker, I’m doing OK with that.

If I could just get Blue, a real invisibility cloak which would make it so he did not look at people and people did not look at him, things would go totally awesome.

But we’re working on a balance, but as people come in at different times, and some are better than others at not making eye contact with the dog and who will let me know when he is trying to engage with them, is a continuing work in progress, over all I love going to the senior Center to participate in pottery.

I hope to start going to bingo and other events.

I was supposed to go to an osteoporosis seminar last week, but it was absolutely pouring out. Blue and I don’t like the rain that much, so staying home was just fine.

Speaking of rain and such, in case you missed my poems last week, here’s one I wrote.

Mid-Day Mutterings – a Poem by, Patty L. Fletcher

Friday, May 17, 2024 – Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous

I wake in the early morning.

What time is it? I asked one of my many devices.

It’s 6:15 AM it replies.

I fall back onto the bed,

burry under the cover,

grab a pillow,

close my eyes.

I sigh.

A moment later,

or so it seems,

I open my eyes, ask, what time is it?

It’s 8 AM, it replies.

My mind whirls,

I open my eyes.

What the heck!

What the heck! I cry.

I don’t know why.

I got nothing much important outside the house to do.

Oh! I exclaimed! I hear rumbles of thunder; it’s starting to rain.

Blue stretched.

I scratched his belly.

He yawned.

I smile.

We don’t care if it rains,

get wet, what’s that to us?

Fluff off with a towel.

Wait for the fur to dry.

Brush, fluff,

make pretty,

it’s a mini shower,

a mini shower for Blue.

Shake.

Stomp.

Did you like your walk Chief Blue?

We don’t care,

let the rain get in my hair.

Dad says frizzy.

Yes.

Humidity,

a curse for people with natural curl.

I’d just taken it down, from atop my head.

It was 6 in the evening; I’d been up that day since 4.

I was readying for Reclinerville.

Just too bad,

blame it on Thore.

I’m not complaining,

not about the rain.

To me, it’s just something to adapt to.

It’s people’s complaining that drags me down.

Here’s their jive.

Here’s the new – old sound.

Sick of the rain.

Neighbors do say.

Sick of the rain,

why don’t it go away?

They’ve no clue, they’re much of the problem. With them, it surely can have nothing to do.

It has been raining a lot.

I remark with a questioning tone.

Maybe things would clear up and return to normal if they’d leave mother nature alone.

Mother earth is tired of feeling dirty.

Tired of being misused.

Tired of being mistreated.

Tired of being abused.

Oh, You, man, shame!

You have forgotten the face of your creator, oh! Shame on you!

One day you’ll sit on your heap of sand. A mini bottle of water, hidden in your hand.

Precious.

Valuable.

For much it can be sold.

All because of your madness.

You wouldn’t heed the warnings.

Laughed in our face.

Now, it is you who suffer, for you know not how to erase,

erase your mistakes.

Clean the water.

Stop unnecessarily polluting the air.

Be kind to the trees, plants, grasses, and animals.

Take care.

Think of the future.

Aren’t your grandchildren worth the risk?

Risk of solar energies, cars, and the like.

Remember, your coal was new once, and to that the elders did scoff.

Now, the elders cough.

That was then, you made it through.

That is over.

It’s time for something new.

Give it a try.

Just see what happens.

No worries.

Mother Nature will bless you.

All will be well.

Just give a bit of thought as you live,

Think of Mother Nature, and let’s coincide, let’s live together.

And from this problem of climate change, let us not hide.

Over the past few weeks, it’s rained a lot here. The weather has at times been uncomfortably humid and I’ve had days where one moment the sun was shining, and the next, while the sun is still shining with all its might, a cloud floats over and the rain starts to pour.

Blue and I just keep on keeping on, it’s the displeasure of Thore.

That wraps it up for this week’s edition of What’s Up with Team Blue in Tennessee for the week of May 12 through May 19, 2024.

Be sure to watch this space for all the latest from me and other bloggers.

Speaking of other bloggers, if you visit the link below, you’ll get to see this week’s top posts.

Click here to Ramble round in Patty’s Worlds.

OK. Here’s the pottery I promised. Some of this is to be featured this year in the ACB Summer Auction.

Visit here to learn about that and more.

Patty’s Pottery Pics.

A photo of a brown, waist high, wooden bookshelf. On the top shelf sit several pieces of colorful pottery shaped as small bowls or cups. There are two sage green, one sky blue, one peach color, one burnt orange, one dark green, and one light pink bowl. To the right of those are one piece that is shaped like a hand, and it is a tan color and on that is an abstract pumpkin shape. The base is light pink and the stem is a taupe brown. There is a second one of these on the far left as well. On the shelf below this, there are more pottery pieces and these are shaped into small square plates. Three light blue, one sage green, two dark green, two white, one light pink, and one taupe piece. The shelf is sitting against a white wall with a gray breaker box on it, and to the right of the shelf is a white door with a gold handle. To the left of the shelf is a bed with a colorful blue and pink blanket or sheet with a mint green pillow.

A photo of a brown, waist high, wooden bookshelf. On the top shelf sit several pieces of colorful pottery shaped as small bowls or cups. There are two sage green, one sky blue, one peach color, one burnt orange, one dark green, and one light pink bowl. To the right of those are one piece that is shaped like a hand, and it is a tan color and on that is an abstract pumpkin shape. The base is light pink and the stem is a taupe brown. There is a second one of these on the far left as well. On the shelf below this, there are more pottery pieces and these are shaped into small square plates. Three light blue, one sage green, two dark green, two white, one light pink, and one taupe piece. The shelf is sitting against a white wall with a gray breaker box on it, and to the right of the shelf is a white door with a gold handle. To the left of the shelf is a bed with a colorful blue and pink blanket or sheet with a mint green pillow.

A photo of two pieces of pottery. Both are shaped as cups or small bowls. The one on the left is a taupe brown and the one on the right is slightly smaller and is a sage green color. They both have a glossy finish and are sitting on white table.

A small round pottery plate. The piece is a multi-hued blue with a floral texture on its face. This piece could be used for change, crystals, a tea bag holder, or even as a spoon rest.

A small round pottery plate. The piece is a multi-hued blue with a floral texture on its face. This piece could be used for change, crystals, a tea bag holder, or even as a spoon rest.

A small round pottery plate. The piece is a multi-hued blue with a textured stripe on the rim. The textured stripes have an intentional burnt and worn look to it. This piece could be used for change, crystals, a tea bag holder, or even as a spoon rest.

A small round pottery plate. The piece is a multi-hued blue with a textured stripe on the rim. The textured stripes have an intentional burnt and worn look to it. This piece could be used for change, crystals, a tea bag holder, or even as a spoon rest.

Thanks for reading.

May Harmony find You.

Blessid Be.

Travel Hopefully,

Patty L. Fletcher

Bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled

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